PS&NRRHS Members Participate
DUBOIS, PA—Ken Clark, President of the PS&NRRHS and member Michael Connor were presenters at the first ever Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad Symposium. The symposium was held on August 4 and 5 and was hosted by the DuBois Area Historical Society. In addition to the presentations, Treasurer and Curator John Muchler manned two display tables of historical items from our museum, plus a third table of items for sale.
at B&S Symposium
Michael Connor gave three presentations: one dealing with the Goodyear Empire (which consisted of lumbering, coal mines, coke plants, railroads, a steel mill, ore lakers (ships), ore mining, office buildings and mansions), one discussing the ill-fated extension from Wellsville into Buffalo, and one dealing with the corporate evolution of the Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad/Railway.
Ken Clark gave a presentation on the haulage agreement that took place between the B&S and the PS&N. In 1910, in an attempt to bypass the switchbacks south of Galeton, the B&S contracted to have the PS&N haul all of its coal and coke traffic from Weedville, PA to Belvidere, NY, the two locations where both railroads conntected.
Local historian and DAHS member Laura Lynn Yohe gave a presentation regarding her personal family history. Her paternal grandparents were both telegraph operators at Medix Run, PA (located on Bennetts Branch between Weedville and Driftwood). Her grandfather worked for the PRR and her grandmother for the B&S.
Laura described what it was like to work as a telegrapher in a remote outpost in north central Pennsylvania, especially the challenges of being a woman telegrapher in a male-dominated environment. Laura’s presentation was based on letters, diaries and personal stories told to her directly by her grandmother.
After her presentation, Ken Clark approached Laura and asked if she had ever seen a working telegraph or whether she had even used one herself. With her answer being in the negative, Ken worked with other DAHS members to secretly bring in and set up the interactive telegraph display that is a part of our museum display in Coach No. 278. The telegraph display was added as an ad-hoc presentation after the last scheduled presentation on Saturday.
Laura was delighted to see and hear what had been such a great part of her grand-parents’ lives. She was eager and pleased at seeing an empty Prince Albert tobacco tin placed in the telegraph sounder. She had read about the Prince Albert tin in doing her research, but never understood how it was used or its purpose until seeing our museum display, in person.